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1. Posted by MikeAllen (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

Hi me and my girlfriend are going travelling for a few years in September and we are looking for a good starter DSLR to buy. After searching high and low i have found the:

Sony DSLR-A200K Digital SLR Camera + Zoom Lens Kit (18-70mm F3.5-5.6) and think im on to a winner. please check http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-DSLR-A200K-Digital-18-70mm-F3-5-5-6/dp/B0011U9U9A/ref=pd_ts_ce_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics for specs.

We are both beginners but really like this camera it seems to be all we are looking for but we are after other peoples opinions before commiting to a buy. So any thoughts please..

Mike

2. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Nice camera and kit, but if you're travelling - it'll soon all become a thorn in your side when you're doing a lot of walking. If you're in to 3 frames a second, then go for it. Otherwise, there are some excellent 10m-pix compact cameras (as this one is) with superb built in zooms, that'll take just as good a shot as this sack of spuds - and will fit in your pocket.
Nice bit of equipment though. If you're going for it, then look around various outlets. The price of the whole kit varies an awful lot.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Jul-2009, at 06:45 by Redpaddy ]

3. Posted by MikeAllen (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Nice camera and kit, but if you're travelling - it'll soon all become a thorn in your side when you're doing a lot of walking. If you're in to 3 frames a second, then go for it. Otherwise, there are some excellent 10m-pix cameras (as this one is) with superb built in zooms, that'll take just as good a shot as this sack of spuds.
Nice bit of equipment though. If you're going for it, then look around various outlets. The price of the whole kit varies an awful lot.

Were actually getting a campervan and travelling down the east coast of Australia for the first year so i think it would be perfect. Im a very new with cameras but have always had an intreset can you expalin the 3 frames a second and how it works thanks.

Mike

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

3 frames per second means - when you switch the shutter mode to 'Continuous' and keep your finger on it, it'll take 3 pictures per second, so it's good for fast action shots. Pay a bit more for your D-SLR and the features (including frames per second) increase.
If you're in a motorhome - then go for it. Worth checking it out before you buy though.

5. Posted by MikeAllen (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

3 frames per second means - when you switch the shutter mode to 'Continuous' and keep your finger on it, it'll take 3 pictures per second, so it's good for fast action shots. Pay a bit more for your D-SLR and the features (including frames per second) increase.
If you're in a motorhome - then go for it. Worth checking it out before you buy though.

Thanks for your help.

6. Posted by MikeAllen (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

Ive decided to go for this camera, have just ordered it will be arriving in a few days. will let you know how i get on :)

7. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

3 frames a sec means (more or less) it takes 0.333 sec for the camera to store the picture after you push the button. I don't know if modern compacts have improved, but in my compact Canon the delay between when you push the button to when the photo is actually stored in memory (around half a second) means I miss some spur of the moment or action shots. Something to keep in mind.

As an example, when we went dolphin watching last year, I was the only one on the boat with a DSLR. I got around 6-8 shots of the tail. I think everyone else got 1 or 2 of the tail. I heard a lot of sighs of regret. My advice is keep in mind what you want to use the camera for. If it's just to record your journey, by all means save yourself some money and spend it to see some cool places. But if you have something specific in mind, make sure you research what technology you need to capture the shots you want.

I'm not a big fan of the Sony system because of the restrictive proprietary technology they use. I would also look for a better lens with a longer zoom. The favourite amongst the Nikon crowd is a 18-200mm zoom for comparison. If you're like most people, you'll buy one lens, and you'll want that lens to have a bit of breadth to support your growing skills. And for most people, that means focal length. So get as many mm's as you can. 18mm is a good number since that will give you decent wide angle shots. So keep to that 18mm's a much as you can find.

8. Posted by MikeAllen (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

Quoting Q'

3 frames a sec means (more or less) it takes 0.333 sec for the camera to store the picture after you push the button. I don't know if modern compacts have improved, but in my compact Canon the delay between when you push the button to when the photo is actually stored in memory (around half a second) means I miss some spur of the moment or action shots. Something to keep in mind.

As an example, when we went dolphin watching last year, I was the only one on the boat with a DSLR. I got around 6-8 shots of the tail. I think everyone else got 1 or 2 of the tail. I heard a lot of sighs of regret. My advice is keep in mind what you want to use the camera for. If it's just to record your journey, by all means save yourself some money and spend it to see some cool places. But if you have something specific in mind, make sure you research what technology you need to capture the shots you want.

I'm not a big fan of the Sony system because of the restrictive proprietary technology they use. I would also look for a better lens with a longer zoom. The favourite amongst the Nikon crowd is a 18-200mm zoom for comparison. If you're like most people, you'll buy one lens, and you'll want that lens to have a bit of breadth to support your growing skills. And for most people, that means focal length. So get as many mm's as you can. 18mm is a good number since that will give you decent wide angle shots. So keep to that 18mm's a much as you can find.

Hi Q thanks for the feedback, i have decided to buy the Sony and it will be arriving in a few days. My next question is about memory cards... I have a 4GB card coming with the camera will that be enough?? I plan on transfering the pictures on the card every two weeks onto a computer whislt me and my fiancee are travelling but am abit confused on how many pictures this card can store. I have seen 8GB cards for sale is the only difference the 8GB can hold more pictures or does it effect picture quality?

SanDisk CompactFlash 4GB Extreme III Memory is the card i have coming..

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Jul-2009, at 10:36 by MikeAllen ]

9. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

Chances are you'll have more problems with the battery than the memory stick - that's HUGE by the way
(no way you'll even come close to filling it up!)

I suggest at least one extra battery and a charger - always have it fully charged and ready to go

worst thing about Sony (I have one of their P&S's) is that damn manual! - you'll soon see what I mean

I swear by a card reader for the memory stick - saves batteries and works so well at cyber cafes - I even use it at home too (think I paid $20. for mine) - many newer computers have them built in

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Jul-2009, at 11:03 by Daawgon ]

10. Posted by MikeAllen (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

Chances are you'll have more problems with the battery than the memory stick - that's HUGE by the way

I suggest at least one extra battery and a charger - always have it fully charged and ready to go

worst thing about Sony (I have one of their P&S's) is that damn manual! - you'll soon see what I mean

I swear by a card reader for the memory stick - saves batteries and works so well at cyber cafes - I even use it at home too (think I paid $20. for mine) - many newer computers have them built in

When you say problems with the battery what do you mean?